Local nonprofit celebrates 10 years and
4th African American Bone Marrow Awareness Month Campaign Tour!
(Detroit, Michigan 6/17/13) – African Americans are one of the most under-represented groups on the national bone marrow registry. The donor led nonprofit, A Bone Marrow Wish organization, has worked diligently to dispel myths about donating bone marrow and encourage African Americans across the country to join the registry. They are celebrating 10 years of service and its fourth national African American Bone Marrow Awareness Month Campaign Tour in July.
The 2013 African American Bone Marrow Awareness Month Campaign Tour will kick off on June 29, 2013 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History located at 315 East Warren Avenue in Detroit, Michigan. Participants will engage in meaningful conversations with bone marrow donors and recipients about the critical need for African Americans to be proactive and join the registry. Partnerships with health professionals, faith-based congregations, family reunions, and museums help this grassroots organization reach thousands of families across the country during its annual tour.
The nationally recognized African American Bone Marrow Awareness Month campaign resulted from the U.S. Congress’ response to John C. Frierson’s plea to do something different in June 2009. Frierson, founder of A Bone Marrow Wish organization, started the organization after sharing his marrow to save the life of a young boy the same age as his youngest son. “The bone marrow donation process was so noninvasive for me that I have made it my mission to carry this urgent message to communities that may be hesitant to join the registry because of myths and other factors associated with donating blood and organs”, said Frierson.
One of the newest campaign champions on the expanded 15 City African American Bone Marrow Awareness Month Campaign Tour is the African American Museum of Iowa in Cedar Rapids.
Help spread the message that July is African American Bone Marrow Awareness Month and a time for all racial ethnic groups to share this information to help increase the registry, find more bone marrow donor matches, and save lives. Contact A Bone Marrow Wish at firstname.lastname@example.org or 313-575-9100 to learn more about participating, volunteering, or donating to the 2013 African American Bone Marrow Awareness Campaign Tour.